Cross Country Blog: Christina Sliepka - Sept. 12, 2012

Christina Sliepka is one of two co-captains for the MU women this season.

Sept. 12, 2012

Cross Country Blog - Sept. 12, 2012

by senior women's distance runner Christina Sliepka:

This is the first in a series of blogs by the Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams chronicling the 2012 season. This week catches up with women's senior Christina Sliepka, Marquette's team captain and sixth female finisher at the NIU Huskie Open on Friday, Sept. 7.

Friday's weather, pleasantly cool and overcast with a threat of rain, was a welcome sight as we remembered the draining 100+ degree temperatures of last year's first meet at Valparaiso. 

This year, our season debut was at Northern Illinois University.  Conveniently located within a short drive of many of our hometowns, our fan base was impressive as parents, siblings, grandparents and friends decked out in MU gear came to support us.   The open, grassy, course was spectator friendly and contributed to the much appreciated cheering that helped push us up those deceiving inclines and power us to the finish. 

The guys started things off with Connor Callahan finishing in second and Jack Hackett taking third in the 6k leading the men to win the meet.  On the ladies side, Elisia Meyle and Molly Hanson led us in the 5k, finishing in sixth and ninth place respectively, helping us take second place as a team.

With our three competing freshmen ladies all finishing in our top seven, I am looking forward to what these ladies can contribute as the season goes on, especially when we move up to the 6k distance in October in anticipation of the Big East and Regional meets.



However, right now our focus is on this coming Friday.  We will be racing at the National Catholic Invite hosted by Notre Dame.  With the flatter, faster course combined with much more competition, it should be an exciting race and I hope some of our awesome fans will make the trip to cheer us on!

The Golden Eagles return to action Friday, Sept. 14 at the National Catholic Championships on Notre Dame's Burke Memorial Golf Course. The women's five-kilometer championship race is scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m. CT, followed by the men's five-mile race at 4 p.m. For more information on the National Catholic Championships, including course maps, click here.


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